On 3 September about 30 Ballarat and Geelong Field Nats met up for an excursion to Clarkesdale at Linton. This is a favourite site for birdos and there are always an interesting selection of birds to see. When the ‘bird paddock’ was first planted out many native plants were included that were not local to the area but provided great bird habitat and food.
view from the bird hide
Probably Sprinter is here if you subscribe to the six season calendar. On a recent trip out to the Enfield Forest Bill M. really felt spring had arrived when he saw Chiloglottis trapeziformis , Corybas incurvus , Pterostylis concinna , Pterostylis nana and the find of the day was a large colony of Cyanicula caerulea.
Corybas incurvus Slaty Helmet – Orchid
Signage at Mooney’s Dam
Mooney’s Dam at Smythesdale is a Crown land reserve managed by the Ballarat Environment Network and the last site we visited on our August excursion.
view to Mt Buninyong from Flagstaff Hill lookout
Slaty Helmet Orchid
reflections in a small pool
As the tour of BEN reserves continued we had lunch at the Flagstaff Hill lookout reserve on Mt Bute, where there is a panoramic view 360 degree view.
Part way up to the Flagstaff Hill lookout tower (just out of Linton) is another BEN reserve. It was a gravel reserve and used to be covered in pine trees. Since the pines have been removed the native vegetation is slowly growing back.
Rock sheet at Flagstaff Hill
View to Mt Emu from Flagstaff Hill
Acacia pycnantha – Golden Wattle
The first site on the tour of some smaller Ballarat Environment Network Reserves for the August excursion began at the Newtown Recreation Reserve. Since we arrived as most of the group had toured the reserve and surrounding bush, here are only a few photos of the plants. There were masses of coral lichen – Cladina confusa .
Yam daisy flower
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Towards the end of May we noticed a large fungus, Phlebopus marginatus, on the wall of our dam. It was fairly large when we first noticed it but it grew and grew and then finally just melted away.
Scented sundews are looking beautiful after all the rain. This photo was taken in the Brisbane Ranges on Sunday.
In the 1960’s the Field Naturalists Club of Ballarat regarded the “Sandy Patch” at Enfield the best place to find winter-flowering orchids.
The club will visit the Sandy Patch on Tuesday, 16 August, 2016 weather permitting.
Many types of orchid leaves are present and will flower during the next few weeks:
Some orchids are flowering already:
Emerald-lip Greenhood Pterostylis smaragdyna
Nodding Greenhood P.nutans
Wattles are beginning to flower: